Staying Dry at night??

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My August 2007 baby is fully potty trained for the day time and never wears a pull up except when she goes to bed at night...I would like to get her out of them all together. I have tried to restrict fluids by not giving her anything after 6 pm (her bed time is 7:30) and let her go to the bathroom right before she goes to bed for the night time. But every morning her pull up is saturated!!!! I'm really getting frustrated and need some advise. I want her out of pull ups because she has such sensitive skin she gets rashes so easily and her Bio mom buys the off brand and she comes home with the MOST horrible rash that I am in charge of getting rid of just to turn around and get rid of it again. I have had enough and I need to get her potty trained overnight.


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Jessica - posted on 01/10/2011




maybe try rubber pants over the underwear so she becomes aware when she is wet when she is sleeping and her having to go potty at night? pull ups are just diapers. they adsorb the pee, so the child has no idea she went or needed to go. her mind isn't sending off any signals that she needs to wake up to go. if you try the rubber pants she will become aware that she needs to go and wake up on her own when she is wet and uncomfortable... but you don't have the mess. i would also put a fresh pair of underwear and rubber pants laid out every night next to her bed so when she does become wet, she can get up on her own and change her underwear and rubber pants. I would also put her potty chair next to her bed so she does not have go very far to the potty.

Sabina - posted on 01/10/2011




I don't know how I did it but I think all it was me telling her if she has to pee at night she can wake up and go pee. When she dose have to go she will wake up and get me to help her with the light and she likes to tucked back into bed. But there are nights where she dosen't get up at all anymore to pee and is dry the next day.

Adrienne - posted on 12/18/2010




This may be a really hard thing to do. I tried to make the switch to just underwear at night, but only had sporadic success. I finally decided that it wasn't fair to him or to me to be waking up twice a night and still be dealing with wet clothing and bedding. What I was told by the pediatrician is that they will start staying dry all night when their bodies are ready for it. As for the rash, try using a good barrier cream at night. Something like Mustela Bebe Barrier cream or Boudreaux's Buttpaste should help prevent the rash. Aveeno also makes one that works well. There are also several all natural ointments/creams on the market that you might want to try if she has really sensitive skin. Hope this helps and good luck!

Keri - posted on 12/17/2010




I also wanted to ask about this, but also about getting them through naptime completely dry. Some days are fine and some days my son is absolutely soaked after his nap. I've tried one time with just underwear and he was soaked because he didn't wake up when he peed. Any advice for me on this?

Julie - posted on 12/03/2010




I too have a 3 year old who is potty trained, but still in pull ups at night time and usually has a soaked pull up in the morning. I haven't tried this yet, but a friend did this with both her kids. In addition to restricting fluids an going potty right before bed, she would wake the child up when she & her husband were going to bed (10-11pm) and make daughter go potty. That maybe just a first step? I also think talking about it with your child may help. Discussing that it's time to stop wearing pull ups at night, and explain that you'll be waking her up to go potty after she is asleep. Good luck~I think we'll both need it!

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